Love farmhouse style? Here's the farmhouse style summer home tour of our living room and dining room. Maybe it will give you some ideas for your own home this summer!
Hello, my friends! It's seasonal tour time again. If you're stopping by from Nina Hendrick's (isn't her home and photography gorgeous?), welcome to Home Made Lovely. I'm Shannon and I'm a writer, interior stylist, wife and homeschooling mom. I love to decorate and I believe that home is the most important place on earth because well, it's HOME. Today, I'll be sharing our farmhouse style summer home tour, including our living room and dining room.
Life has been a little stressful for the last several months (mainly financially due to circumstances out of our control when we bought this house and trying to make the right decisions to catch up after the fact) and while Dean and I are leaning into it, it's zapped my creativity quite a bit recently. So, coming up with a ‘new' look for our living room and dining room by shopping the house was a little harder than usual. The upside is, now that I spent a day moving things around and playing with decor, my creativity has actually improved and I'm loving the ‘new' spaces. (I did get lazy and forget to remove old screws and plugs from the wall in a couple of places though. Shhh. Don't tell.)
The Dining Room
Since the whole main floor is very open, our dining room is the first space you see from the entry when you walk into our home.
When we moved into the house, this room was painted mauve and was in need of a lot of TLC to bring it into the 2000's. We added panel moulding and DIY'd a coffered ceiling. We also recently gave the room a furniture makeover when we worked with The Brick to make it more functional for how we use the space. It also got prettier!
The hutches hold both my grandmother's China and much of my Rae Dunn collection (which is incredibly hard to find in Canada).
The chairs are Scotch-Guarded for their protection and our teenagers are pretty careful with them. If we had younger kids, I don't think we'd have fabric chairs in here. But we LOVE them for long dinners and family game nights! (So comfy for our bottoms!)
The console table is one that Dean built for me on a Friday night, so I could use it in a video the next day. He's awesome like that. It also holds some of my Rae Dunn collection and some other pretties. In fact, it's in the space just for pretty displays. (Aren't cords so annoying in real life?)
And, in case anyone is wondering, the chandelier is actually a kitchen island light that we got from Wayfair. Right before we moved here, I was at a gorgeous ranch in California and in the dining room was this same light. I fell in love with it immediately and knew it was the one for our dining room here.
From our dining room, you can walk into the back half of the house and our living room and kitchen.
The Living Room
Our living room is another of my favorite spaces. It's right next to the kitchen, which is very open. But it's tucked behind the dining room wall, so it's nice and cozy even though it's large.
It is a bit awkward for placing furniture and art, as there's only one long wall and a short one. The fireplace is also not centered so, that makes seating and a rug hard to place. This is the only room I haven't rearranged since we moved here for that reason (aside from making room for the Christmas tree in winter and back to regular furniture again). We painted the fireplace Sherwin Williams Peppercorn after we moved in and just recently added the bamboo shades to those two windows, as well as lavender topiaries and a huge sign to the mantel to add some interest to the space as it was lacking personality before.
We love our Ikea Ektorp sectional, although I do so wish we could make it work with a white slipcover. But alas, that just wasn't for us. The two chairs by the fireplace are also Ikea Ektorp. But those we bought second-hand on Kijiji, so I have no idea if the covers are original or not. I'm sorry – people ask all the time.
There are a few things I'd like to eventually change in here. Like maybe the coffee table. While I love this one, it seems to be a bit too heavy and dark for the space. And I LOVE the glass-doored cabinet. But it was never intended to be in here – it just literally fits NOWHERE else in the house! I think a long low cabinet would perhaps be better suited to that wall behind the sectional.
Overall, I adore our main floor and feel happiest when it's neat and tidy like it is right now. Are you the same?
Farmhouse Style Summer Home Tour Video
And Just for fun, here's a quick video tour of the main floor.
And don't forget to pin to come back later!
I really hope you liked our summer living room and dining room tour. You can see all of our home decorating progress and changes here. Once you're finished here, please go visit my friend Jamie (who just wrote a book) at So Much Better with Age. 🙂
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